Papua New Guinea
Visa Information and Lodgement
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The visa office provides immigration and visa service to clients in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.
See: Special procedures
You need to have a valid visa to travel to Australia. We do not require you to have a visa label placed into your passport for travel to Australia. This is known as 'label-free' travel, making travel to Australia simpler and more secure.
If you are transiting or exiting through another country, you need to check with the relevant government authorities about whether you need to show a visa label in your passport. We cannot advise you on other countries’ requirements.
More information on travelling to Australia without a visa label and how to confirm your visa entitlements is available.
See: About your visa
At the Australian Visa Application Centre
The department has an agreement with TT Services to provide Australian visa and citizenship lodgement services in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands through an Australian Visa Application Centre.
You can lodge your application either in person or by post or courier at one of the Australian Visa Application Centres in Lae or Port Moresby or Honiara. A fee will be charged for this service in addition to the scheduled fee charged by the Australian High Commission for all visa applications.
Further information on the Australian Visa Application Centre and services they provide is available from their website.
By post or courier to the Australian High Commission
Please ensure you have enclosed the appropriate visa application charges. Sponsors can also pay the visa application charge at any departmental office in Australia and include the official receipt with the application.
At the Australian High Commission in person
You can only lodge your application in person at the Australian High Commission by appointment. However, you can lodge your application at one of the Australian Visa Application Centres at any time during their business hours without an appointment.
Note: Appointments to attend the High Commission are made through the Australian Visa Application Centres.
See: Contacts – Papua New Guinea
Partner, prospective marriage, child, remaining relative, carer and aged dependent relative visa applications from applicants usually living in one of the countries in country coverage list above are processed in Port Moresby.
Applications for general skilled, business innovation and investment, Distinguished Talent (subclass 124), Former Resident (subclass 151) and parent subclasses are lodged and processed in Australia.
For Points Based Skilled Migration (subclasses 189, 190 and 489) and Business Innovation and Investment (subclasses 132 and 188) visas you will have to submit a complete Expression of Interest (EOI) and receive an invitation to apply.
Former Resident (subclass 151) applications are lodged and processed at the Perth Office.
See: Perth Office
Distinguished Talent (subclass 124) visas must be lodged (by post or courier) and are processed at the Adelaide Business Skills Processing Centre.
Distinguished Talent Visa (offshore) (subclass 124)
Adelaide Business Skills Processing Centre
Contributory parent and parent migration applications are lodged and processed at the Parent Visa Centre.
See: Parent Visa Centre
Clients from the South Pacific whose application for a Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visa is accompanied by a proposal form (form 681) must lodge their application at the department’s NSW Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre. This applies to people who are lodging a visa for consideration under the Global Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) or as an immediate family member.
Lodging Certain Humanitarian Applications in Australia
NSW Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre
All other Refugee and Humanitarian applications should be directed to the closest immigration office outside Australia.
Temporary entry visa applications from countries included in country coverage list above are processed and decided in Port Moresby.
401 Temporary Work (Long-stay Activity) (Subclass 401) visa - Exchange, Sport and Religious Worker streams. Sponsorship and nomination applications are lodged and processed at the Specialist Temporary Entry Centre – NSW.
See: Specialist Temporary Entry Centre - NSW
401 Temporary Work (Long-stay Activity) (Subclass 401) visa – Domestic Worker (Executive) stream. Sponsorship, nomination and visa applications are lodged and processed at the Specialist Temporary Entry Centre - ACT
See: Specialist Temporary Entry Centre - ACT
402 Training and Research visa – Research stream sponsorship applications only.
Professional Development stream sponsorship and visa applications are lodged and processed at the Specialist Temporary Entry Centre – Tasmania.
See: Specialist Temporary Entry Centre - Tasmania
402 Training and Research visa – Occupational Trainee stream sponsorship, nomination and visa applications are lodged and processed at the Specialist Temporary Entry Centre – SA.
See: Specialist Temporary Entry Centre - SA
416 Special Program applications are lodged and processed at the Specialist Temporary Entry Centre – Tasmania.
See: Specialist Temporary Entry Centre - Tasmania
420 Entertainment sponsorship, nomination and visa applications are lodged and processed at the Entertainment Visa Centre - NSW.
See: Entertainment Visa Centre - NSW
Applications for the Sponsored Family stream of the Visitor (subclass 600) visa must be lodged in Australia. These applications will be processed at one of the Sponsored Family Visitor processing centres.
See: Sponsored Family Visitor Processing Centres
457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visas can be applied for using SkillSelect. If you are:
- not sponsored by an Australian or overseas business you can register an EOI for skilled migration and permanent residence in Australia
- sponsored by an Australian employer, you may lodge your visa application online or at an Australian office of the department
Centres of Excellence
Employer Sponsored Workers (e457) – Online Applications
- sponsored by an overseas business, you can lodge your visa application with the Australian Visa Office responsible for applications in your country.
See: Immigration Offices outside Australia
If you are sponsored by an Australian employer, you must lodge your visa application at the same office in Australia where your employer lodged papers to support your application. Please ask your employer which office they lodged these papers at.
See: Contact Us – Australian Offices
Applications for Citizenship by Descent can be lodged at one of the Australian Visa Application Centres or at the Australian High Commission, Papua New Guinea.
Applications for Australian citizenship general eligibility and other situations, and applications to resume or renounce (give up) Australian citizenship should be lodged at the ACT and Regions Office.
Application process for Australian citizenship
Application process to resume Australian citizenship
Giving up your citizenship
ACT and Regions Office
Permanent entry applicants should be aware that normal postal delivery between South Pacific offices and Papua New Guinea can take up to four weeks.
For faster processing, you are encouraged to lodge your application at one of the Australian Visa Application Centres.